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READER MEMORIES: I sold newspapers in front of Jim's Restaurant the night it opened

Dec. 02, 2008 @ 09:09 AM

The hundredth news anniversary brings back many memories.

On Fifth Avenue and 10th Street, in front of the newspaper, an area was roped off to allow fans to listen to the great boxing fights in the ’30s 

I'm native West Virginian, born in Huntington in 1925. I sold newspapers on the street corners and worked in the mailing room, stuffing newspapers as an extra on Sundays.

I sold newspapers in front Jimmie Tweel’s restaurant (Jim's Spaghetti on 5th Avenue) the night he opened almost 70 years ago.

I entered the the West Virginia National Guard at the age of 14 in 1940. I returned Oct. 10, 1945, returning to high school (Huntington East, GED class of 1946).

I received a Christmas bonus of $20 in 1942, 1943 and 1944. My name appeared on the wall of the 5th Avenue lobby, honoring those who had served in WWII.

Here are the people I remember: 

Press room: Mr. Holsembach

Mail Room: Earl Lykins

Sports: Duke Ridgely

Rural Route: Grable Adkins

Owner: Colonel Long

News boys: David Cohen, Sterling Wiley, Billy Joe Childers, David Sayble, Gilbert Sayble, Rodney Waite.

I could ramble on and on. Thanks for reminding me of many fond memories.

Jim Mynes lives in Decatur, Ala.